Preparing to Study


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Thank you for completing your application to study with us! We want to make sure you are prepared for starting your course.

This page has been designed with you, the applicant, in mind and holds all the information you require. However, if there is anything you cannot find or anything we can help with please get in touch.

Before your induction and your first day, work through our key steps to make sure you are prepared to study:

Step 1 - Accept your place content

Step 1 - Accept your place

Step 1 - Accept your place

Before you can enrol you will need to accept your place.

It is important to accept your place as soon as possible. When you accept your place on the course, it allows you access to both the online student funding application process and online enrolment. If you have any queries regarding your application or the application process please email our admissions team or contact them on 01847 889233.

Step 2 - Enrol online content

Step 2 - Enrol online

It is important you enrol online on the Student Hub at before the first day of your course.

Once you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a course, you will receive an email with your login, password details and instructions on how to use the online enrolment tool on the Student Hub.

Watch the video below and visit for further guidance.

If you have any IT system or password issues, please contact the UHI Servicedesk and click on Live Chat Support. Please ensure that you provide your student ID in the request (the number in your username).

If you have problems completing your enrolment online, please email the Registry Team, who will be happy to help you on

Step 3 - Access the student hub content

Step 3 - Access the student hub

Step 3 - Access the student hub

Log onto the Student Hub at

The student hub will provide access to:

  • view and change personal data
  • apply for funding
  • check your application
  • contact course lecturers
  • contact student support
  • view results
  • upload photo for student card and bus pass (if you're entitled to one)
  • complete student surveys
  • print forms, such as High Life Highland discount letter and Council Tax exemption letter (if you're entitled to one)
Step 4 - Organise your funding and consider fees content

Step 4 - Organise your funding and consider fees

Course fees

If you are self funding your studies it is important to make arrangements to pay your fees. Visit our tuition fees area of the website for further information and details of how to contact our finance department for advice.


Visit our Funding pages for support and advice to make sure you have your funding in place as soon as possible and watch the video below to hear more from Avril from our Funding Team.

Step 5 - Explore MyDay Resources content

Step 5 - Explore MyDay Resources

Watch the video below to find out more MyDay and how to get logged in.

Step 6 - IT Arrangements content

Step 6 - IT Arrangements

Booking a self study space on campus

We have quiet spaces around our campuses for you to study should you require access to IT. To book a space visit your campus reception where the reception team will be happy to locate a space for you.  Alternatively you can contact us by email or telephone at the relevant campus as follows;

Alness - / 01349 889 600

Dornoch - / 01862 889 361

Thurso - / 01847 889 000

Bringing your own device to campus

If you are bringing your own device into a campus, you will need to have your power cable tested to ensure that it is safe to plug into the mains for charging. If you are based in Alness and Dornoch please discuss this with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT).  If you are based in Thurso please take your power cable to the ETEC stores during the following times;

Tuesday 7th and 14th September 9am - 10.30am

Thursday 9th and 16th September 9am - 10am

Buying your own device

If you will be studying at home, you may need access to a suitable laptop or PC. A smartphone or tablet is handy for doing things like quickly checking emails but these are not appropriate devices for undertaking a programme of study online.

You can check if your device and broadband are suitable by visiting IT equipment for studying at home. As a student you can also access free software downloads at Microsoft Office 365.

If you have concerns about IT equipment or your access to the internet please contact or call our main reception on 01847 88900, they will arrange for someone to give you a call to discuss your options.

Step 7 - IT: getting started content

Step 7 - IT: getting started


Brightspace is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Work through the online quick start guide to Brightspace for help with getting logged on and using the main tools.

IT Basics

This two minute video explains how to get logged on, connect to wifi, access student resources and report problems.

Step 8 - Prepare to attend your induction content

Step 8 - Prepare to attend your induction

Step 8 - Prepare to attend your induction

Visit our Student Induction Help Centre for guidance about on campus or online induction and contact details if you need help.

Useful Contacts content

Useful Contacts

Useful Contacts